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Total lunar eclipse visible early Tuesday morning

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Everyone can be an astronomer this week, provided you can stay awake. Tuesday, April 15 at 2 a.m. there will be a total lunar eclipse.

What makes Tuesday morning's eclipse unique is that it is the first of four that will be all or partially visible from North America over the next year and a half.

The moon will appear red. This is sometimes called a blood moon, but the reason for this color change is not nearly as morbid as it sounds.

"The earth is kind of acting like a prism. As the light makes its way around the earth and through the atmosphere the color red and the color orange shines upon the moon, and we see the reflection of that here on the earth, "Nick Grunseth WQOW chief meteorologist said.

This is the first lunar eclipse that will be visible from most of North America since December of 2010. If you miss the eclipse tonight, you only have to wait until October to see the next one.

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